About Us

Soldan's Pet Supplies is a local family-owned business - proudly spoiling pets in mid-Michigan since 1955.

Values

Our Pets
The pets who love us unconditionally, even when we have a bad hair day!

Our Humans
Those who have opened their generous hearts and homes to pets of all shapes and sizes! It is our customers loyalty that has enabled us to celebrate our 60th birthday in 2015, and for that we are fur-ever grateful.

Our Staff
Truly the heart and soul of this business. Each staff member strives to exceed expectations by finding the perfect food for your pet, attentively listening, suggesting our favorite products (yes – we have tried them all), and making every experience in our stores a memorable one.

Our Family
For my parents Howard and Erna Soldan, and the doors of opportunity they opened for all of us. Without their passion and support, Soldan’s would not be here today.


Our Suppliers
For those distributors that offer dependable deliveries and keep us stocked full of the products our customers need.For our manufacturers who keep us up to date on the latest and greatest cutting edge products, product knowledge, staff training, special promotions, and for "sharpening their pencils" so we may continue to offer competitive pricing.

Our Community
We believe in giving back to the pets and the humans that live in our community.

In 2004, Soldan's was recognized by the Capital Area Humane Society for contributing over $100,000 in accrued lifetime donations to help fund adoptions of local dogs and cats. As of 2015 that number has surpassed the $200,000 mark for contribution of all pet related donations.In 2006, Soldan's donated $50,000 to sponsor the first no-leash dog park in Lansing, Michigan.

We continue to help sponsor fundraisers and events for local animal related events whenever possible.

History

Howard Soldan (Senior) purchased an existing feed store in 1955, which primarily catered to farmers, selling products such as feed and fertilizer. Known as Ruhf's Feed Store, it served the Lansing market under Soldan's leadership until he sold it in 1972. Howard and Erna Soldan intended to semi-retire and spend their summers on Mackinac Island with their youngest son, Howard Soldan II. They began enjoying some leisure time, expecting that a chapter of their lives had ended.

As fate would have it, in 1976, the new owners went bankrupt, and the business was back in the hands of the Soldan family. Howard & Erna Soldan were committed to get it up and running again, with the intent of selling the business to resume traveling and semi-retirement. Howard Soldan II, then a junior at Holt High School, started working in the business after school and on weekends. He was given a small section of the store to experiment with and began adding an expanded line of pet supplies, collars, bowls, toys, treats, etc. Slowly, pet supply sales started to exceed that of the farm supplies. The family decided to pursue the pet supply idea, and rather than sell the business, to stick it out.

Expansion
As it turned out, they did much more than just "stick it out". They worked long hours and watched the company grow. In the mid eighties, Howard Soldan II slowly took on the role of visionary and risk taker of the company. In 1985, they moved out of the original store and moved into a new facility built behind the original store. At the time it was one of the largest pet supply stores in the entire state of Michigan. In 1987, they added a second location. In the early 1990's, three additional stores were added. In 1999, Soldan's purchased a three store, independent chain in the Michigan Tri-City Area. Additional locations were added in 2000 and 2004.

Competing with the "Big Dogs"
It seems everyone wants a "piece" of the pet specialty business - whether it's the national pet supply chains, the warehouse clubs, grocery stores, mass market, or internet websites. Competition is healthy and we are constantly striving to differentiate ourselves from the competition by keeping prices competitive and offering high quality unique products.

We are wholeheartedly dedicated to going above and beyond for our customers and making each trip to our store a fun and memorable one. Don’t be surprised when a member of our staff calls you and your pet by name.

Today
After several renovations and some relocations, today, Soldan’s stands 8 stores wide and 90 staff members tall. Every day holds a new challenge, but it is the personal relationships with our community of pet lovers that I value the most.

As of November 2014 my only daughter joined us full time. I am beyond proud to say that she is third generation and will be driving this company forward for another 60 years. I look forward to seeing you and your pets in Soldan’s for free belly rubs and treat samples.

Stay hungry my pets,

Howard Soldan II
President of Soldan’s Pet Supplies